The market for Jack Wilson is strong and six teams have expressed interest but that number will get smaller once free agency begins. The top two shortstops on the market will be Orlando Cabrera and Rafael Furcal. Once those two are off the board, it will become apparent where Wilson could end up. Check the MLB Chart for the list of teams. Cleveland is among four teams to express interest in Freddy Sanchez The New York Mets are a potential landing spot for John Grabow
The Pirates will select #4 in next years draft which is expected to be pitching heavy Protected First-Round Picks 1. Nationals (59-102) 2. Mariners (61-101) 3. Padres (63-99) 4. Pirates (67-95) 5. Orioles (68-93) 6. Giants (72-90) 7. Braves (72-90) 8. Reds (74-88) 9. Tigers (74-88) 10. Nationals (compensation for failure to sign 2008 first-rounder Aaron Crow) 11. Rockies (74-88) 12. Royals (75-87) 13. Athletics (75-86) 14. Rangers (79-83) 15. Indians (81-81) 16. Diamondbacks (82-80)
There has been a lot of speculation in recent weeks that the New York Yankees will make an serious attempt to acquire Nate McLouth during the off-season. Thus far, there has been no dialogue between the two sides but once the post-season ends the Yankees will likely make a strong pitch for McLouth. The Pirates looking to restock their system will listen to offers for anyone on their roster. Prospect Andrew McClutchen is expected to be the teams everyday centerfielder in 09. McLouth will likely move to left or right field. The Pirates are exploring the trade market for a power corner outfielder. Florida’s Jeremy Hermida is at the top of their wishlist Source: NY Post
Free Preview: Inside Access The 2008 season is over for the Pirates and just like the last 16 years it is a season they would like to forget. The Pirates won their season finale today 6-1 to finish the season 67-95. Now it is time to look ahead to the off-season and some quick hits on a few players the Pirates may target.
Scott Boras and Pedro Alvarez are in downtown Pittsburgh today according to the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette. Alvarez and the Pirates have renegotiated their previous deal and the two sides appear close to finalizing a 4 year deal with a signing bonus worth close $6.4 million. The deal includes a MLB contract and the whole situation stemmed back to Alvarez not receiving an MLB contract. Source Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Update: The Pirates and Pedro Alvarez have agreed to¬†the¬†4-year contract and Alvarez will report to Bradenton to start his pro career.¬† The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that according to multiple sources the Pirates and Pedro Alvarez have agreed upon a new four-year major league contract worth $6,355,000. The bonus will be $6 million spread over four years as opposed to the original deal that was to have the bonus be spread over two years. When Alvarez is on the major league roster, he will make $400,000, $500,000, $550,000 and $700,000 per year. His minor league salary will be considerably less at $87,500 per year. Terms of a major league contract maintain that Alvarez will have to be placed on the 40-man roster once he passes a physical and signs the contract. Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The longest of seasons is coming to a close and none to quickly for the hometown Pirates. But for those of you who are staying¬†until closing time, you are being treated to a very interesting playoff race. All of the divisions are up for grabs¬†especially the wildcard spot.¬†Breaking down the division and wildcard races, you will see that there are many storylines going into the last, on average,¬†seventeen games. NL East The New York Mets are riding the hot bat of Carlos Delgado who has thrust himself into the NL MVP race. Delgado, going into last night’s game,¬†is batting .423 with5 HR and 10 RBI in¬†the month of September. He¬†hit¬†four home runs in seven at-bats in¬†his last two games. The problem with the Mets is that they lost Billy Wagner for the rest of this year and possibly all of next year.¬†Losing your closer¬†leaves a big hole on the back-endRead More »